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to join the uprising. despite the remarkable turnout new york reports of violence, everything is very calm. nbc's ron alan joins us from cairo live. we've been watching protesters all day long gather in tahrir square, many vowing to remain until mubarak steps down. upon this news that the president has something to say what is the reaction that you're hearing from the streets of cairo? >> reporter: in a word, the rehar reaction has been dismissive because the expectation is the president will announce he will not run for re-election, an election scheduled to happen in september, nine months from now. opposition leaders who we have contacted by phone said they unequivocally want the froze resign and leave, and they're not backing away from it. it remains to be seen, of course, what they will say if mubarak does that. it doesn't say he's not going to
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take part in the election. several steps he's taken back in the past week, appointing of the vice president, reshuffling his government, saying he will not run for re-election. mubarak 82 reported in poor health, expectation is he wouldn't be a viable candidate. his critics don't see this as a major concession. they want to see an end to the regime today. a day full of expectations, high hopes in liberation square. thousands of people out there camping out. they set up tv screens, radios where people can listen to the speech which we believe is going to happen in about 10 to 15 minutes. we should know very soon what the president's going to say. we think the reaction's going to be dismissive but again a fast-moving evening of developments where streets of cairo have been filled with people, thousands of people all day and into the night waiting to see this stand-off will come to some kind of end.
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things have been very peaceful. almost festive out there through the day. tonight i can hear helicopters. a sizable crowd in the streets. a lot of anticipation of what the president will say and reaction to it will be. >> ron alan in cairo. as ron pointed out we are expecting breaking news of the president hosni mubarak to speak coming up throughout the hour. stay with us. also, in other news, u.s. envoy arrived in egypt to meet the mubarak government on behalf of the obama administration. retired diplomat and former ambassador to egypt, frank wisner, arrived in cairo monday. today, both opposition figure mohamed elbaradei and the muslim brotherhood say they will not negotiate with mubarak while he is still in power. nbc's savannah guthrie joins us live from the white house. what is the reaction now from the white house as we are learning that president mubarak is going to be speaking, and with that news that he he is not going to run for re-election. >> reporter: a fluid situation
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themselves. robert gibbs, the press secretary, was supposed to give a briefing as we speak. actually the fema administrator by his side to talk about the weather in this country but that's been delayed. a national security meeting convened from the white house a half hour from now. the key officials in the administration, like the secretary of state, will meet with the president. the big issue is, number one, when mubarak speaks and what he says, there are a lot of reports now that he intends to say he won't run in september but we'll have to wait and see. and the issue is whether or not president obama comes out. you mentioned whether there's a report in the new york times that frank wisner, who is this retired diplomat who is working in some sense for the state department, bore a message from president obama that said, don't run in september, and we haven't heard back from the white house officially on that, whether or not they want to dispute that characterization of what wisner, what message he hey or may not have been carrying. if he were, it certainly would
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be counter to everything we've heard out of the press secretary robert gibbs over the last couple of days which the u.s. does not intend to medal in egyptian affairs and its choice of who should lead the countrier. interesting to see how this develops. >> explain why frank wisner was picked over other countries to go to egypt as an envoy. >> reporter: this is somebody who has deep ties there, who knows a lot of the key players and who has spent time in the region. as far as i know, it's unclear whether or not he was already there, if he was traveled or dispatched there by the state department. the wording out of the spokesman yesterday was ambiguous on that point, but there's no question that the administration felt he could be persuasive and get an audience with mubarak at this key time. >> you said that robert gibbs, the press briefing has been delayed. do you think that's in lieu of mubarak speaking and we'll hear from him after that? >> reporter: i was checking to see if i got a response on
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something. it's unclear. it's unclear if it's indefinitely delayed, if mubarak speaks and then the president will come out and that would obviate the need for a press briefing. it's a fluid situation at the white house. >> thanks so much. so as we continue to talk about this, there is so much going on with the day eight of the protests in egypt and leadership of the opposition. it does remain unclear. groups such as the muslim brotherhood, a band islam iiist organization helping to lead the call for reform. yesterday the obama administration signalled it supports the participation in politics as long as they renounce violence and commit to democracy. a contributing writer to the new york times magazine joins up. we've been seeing a lot of each other as we watch what's taking place in egypt. what's your reaction to hearing president mubarak will speak and this concession, that he's about to make the announcement he won't run.
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>> on friday he was supposed to be making the same concession and didn't make it then. i do think there's a logic in these things which is these autocrats who can't believe that people hate them because of course they love themselves, they make concessions. they think it should be enough, and not, and it's not, and it's not, whether the shah of iran. the crowd won't accept it. eventually he's going to have to do what they want him to do, which is leave the country. >> how much of a vacuum is in that he politically is living? i'm sure he's following what's taking place this in country, a vast country of 80 million now and this uprising taking place in the streets of cairo. >> these guys live in a bubble. people tell them how great they are, afraid of telling them the truth. think of ow informed saddam
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hussein was in iraq. they're the last ones to have a tactile sense of the reality and of course their own defense mechanisms, not only their security ones, psychological ones, prevent them from seeing reality clearly. >> i want to pass on to everybody, we're waiting for president mubarak to speak. we were told he would be speaking shortly with some announcement coming up here within the hour. but if he does go ahead to make that announcement, james, about the fact he won't run for re-election what does that do to the type of government, the leadership that's in place for a country that looks like it's under this revolt and who's going to swoop? this is going to be a power grab. >> a couple of things. what demonstrators will demand in addition to mubarak leaving and having an election, they have to change a series of constitutional rules which made it impossible for political parties to organize and for people to run. for example, the muslim brotherhood, as you said a band organization. candidates from the brotherhood
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run as independents, they should be able to form a political party and run. mohamed elbaradei, who is possibly a consensus figure, also might not be able to run for reasons of qualification. so if those constitutional changes can be made, if the security forces agree to step aside, if there can be a free and fair election, we don't know what the outcome will be. but that would produce an astonishing change in a country which has never ever had a democratic government. >> explain why the muslim brotherhood is banned. >> the muslim brotherhood is banned for historical good reasons and bad reasons. the historical good reasons that, in an earlier phase in 1940s '50s involved with violence and assassinated a former egyptian prime minister. many of them were jailed. one branch of the brotherhood became radical and formed the basis of today's al qaeda. another branch, though, swore a
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much more peaceful approach and has continued that approach. they are in many ways as much of a social organization, which is involved with a whole series of private issues as they are a political one. but the real reason they're banned now is simply because they are popular. they have been the only highly organized force with real grassroots popularity in egypt and mubarak has quite rightly feared that if he allowed them to run, they would have overwhelmed his own political party. >> where does elbaradei stand with the regard to what the muslim brotherhood means to modern day egypt. >> elbaradei is himself a secularist. the man lives in vienna, an international civil servant, he's not religious himself. he has taken several different positions since he's returned to egypt on the brotherhood. now the brotherhood has gotten behind him. the brotherhood is a much more prudent, much less fiery organization than you might imagine, and they realize that
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they look bad in the west. elbaradei is a much more acceptable face. so the other day, at a meeting of various leadership groups, the brotherhood said, we accept elbaradei as the lead or of this movement. >> let's, quickly, we can't not talk about the situation that's taking place in neighboring countries, the domino effect. it seems like the bottom layer on the house of cards has been pulled out and people are reacting like in jordan. >> right. i mean, it is viral in the computer sense. the king of jordan today has disbanded his cabinet, which of course is what mubarak did. in jordan's case, that will be more effective because the king is still enjoying quite a bit of respect. the government does not. so he's thinking, okay, i can throw that ship overboard, that lifeboat, and maybe that will help. the palestinians who are widely disliked by their own people for being seen as internally undemocratic and autocratic,
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have talked but not pledged to having an election. the president of yemen making a series of concessions. it's rippling across the middle east and north africa. >> for mubarak to make this announcement what type of concerns for weakness does it show in a complete lame duck until the elections are decided upon which they don't have a decision date for when elections are going be held. >> the elections will be september, october, unless they're delayed which is perfectly possible. mubarak, i assume, has not yet accepted the fact that he is going to be in a villa in saudi arabia next to ben ali from tunisia, that is his destiny, it's going to happen. maybe it won't be saudi arabia. but he's a dead man walking. >> french riviera. >> he could be next to duvalier. duvalla's like that. he thought my people will embrace me. these folks are delawsuited. >> we wait to hear what's going to take place. as you have been watching this
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and you predicted this in coming, anything -- what has surprised you the most, james, as you have watched how this has unfolded dramatically on television? >> everything -- if you talked to people, a democratic uprising in 20 year, nobody thought this could happen now. then the fact that the organizations that were aware of, like the brotherhood or elbaradei, have been desperately scrambling to keep up, it's not about them. it's totally about these individuals who are not organized. that's we all talk about the social networking and so forth, it's allowed a form of movement which we weren't familiar with before. a totally, individualizes movement where people come together spontaneously without needing institutions to organize them. >> great to have you, james. appreciate your insights into this all of this. certainly invaluable. we are waiting for mubarak to speak. want to pass that along to
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everybody. we're going to stay on that story, bring you that speech as soon as it does happen. other news, much closer to home. talk about the monster blizzard hitting a third of the country from the rockies to the east coast. take a look at the view from outer space. you can see how truly massive the system is, airports across the country have closed as far south as dallas/ft. worth international airport and now slamming the midwest with ice, sleet and snow. st. louis, kansas city, milwaukee, could be among the hardest hit with snowfalls up to two feet. bill karins joins us here in studio to explain what we're going to see over the next 24 hours. bill, where is the area seeing the worst of it or going to see the worst of it? >> the state of missouri right now, tom. two inches an hour of snow. kansas city, colder, a lighter, fluffier snow, blowing all observe. st. louis on the other side a mixture of sleet. look at the storm. the green is the rain. we've had severe weather around
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new orleans this afternoon. white is the snow. the heavy snow from missouri and now it's starting to fill up in all of illinois. the storm itself located over the mississippi river between tennessee and arkansas. look at winds on the backside, 45 mile per hour gusts from wichita down to dallas. wins a wins are getting gustier in chicago. chicago, here comes the snow. watch the white lift to the north. saturating the air. blue is heavy moderate snow atop of pea yora. i thought peoria could end up with 20, 24 inches. chicago a good shot of 16 to 20 inches. indianapolis, ice storm warning for you. you are under moderate freezing rain. what an ugly storm, up to an inch of ice possible. downed tree limbs and the windy conditions tomorrow. thousands people without power into indiana and ohio. tomorrow night, into tomorrow morning, we're watching an ice storm from state college through
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pennsylvania, right into northern jersey and the suburbs of new york city. that would be the first ice storm in a while. as far as snow, the totals impress inhere, 1 to 2 feet and the purple coloring through chicago, north of detroit. buffalo, syracuse, around 8 to 12 and northern new england nailed by this storm. snowfall totals wrapping it up for the cities near you. kansas city, 8 to 12. oklahoma city, you're done. dallas picked up two this morning. chicago tonight, 14 to 20. buffalo, 8 to 12. cleveland, ohio, mess for you. the same for indianapolis and pittsburgh. finally, into new england we already picked up 4 to 6 today. we're going to add another 6 to 12 to that tomorrow. thomas, we get a break on friday and then another snow event coming into new england saturday. >> insult to injury. you had to go there, didn't you? >> i know these things are going to happen in the future, why should i be the only one feeling the pain? >> bring us into the loop. wanted to point out, as i
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welcome back, everybody. want to check in on st. louis, missouri, expects to be one of the worst cities hit during the snowstorm. nbc's john yang in st. louis, joins us fill us in. what are you seeing on the ground there? >> reporter: well, what's on the ground right now, thomas, is sleet. it's not a lot of snow here in downtown st. louis. but it's sleet, frozen ice pellets, that we're getting mostly here. if you go west of here, they're getting a lot of snow, columbia, jefferson city, it's snowing there, clips of about two inches an hour. but st. louis is sort of on the dividing line, the dividing line between snow and sleet and freezing rain.
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they thought it would change over here to snow about the middle of the day but so far, it stayed sleet which is going to bring down the snow total here in a bit. but the big concern is when you -- when snow does come, because there's so much ice on the ground and on trees and on power lines, that those power lines and tree limbs are going to start snapping and that's going to start bringing big power outages tomorrow when the snow is under way and when the winds are here. so the local utility has about 500 linemen standing by but so far, in st. louis, they're waiting for the snow to come but know it's on the way. >> john yang, thank you. pass along we continue to follow the breaking news out of egypt, the president, hosni mubarak, preparing to speak. we're going to have it right here. ready sensei.
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essential u.s. ally for decades. the question remain, what becomes of egypt moving forward? we've seen the uprisings in tunisia, egypt, yemen after rising food costs and the soaring unemployment issues there. citizens are facing tough economic conditions and demanding change. they've had enough. michelleosinski joins us live. egypt has been known as the country that holes other countries together. how is this uprising playing out throughout the region? >> reporter: hi, thomas. i have to apologize. we're live right now. we have -- we're tweaking lights there. sorry about that. but i think you know this has been what everyone has been watching from the time tunisia broke, what is going to happen next? i think few expected egypt to be the next ones. scholars we've talked to have always mentioned egypt has possibly catching that fire. but to see a nation so strong in this region, so stable i mean using that word in a relative sense, of course, but stable
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politically to erupt like this on a scale and demanding mubarak step down, many experts we've talked to feel like anything really could be next. people have been talking about algiers, yemen. the slogan has been, today egypt, tomorrow yemen. but also libya, jordan even. that's the sense, we don't know what's coming next. never mind predictions online, some groups have written out a schedule of dates when protests will happen in each country. whether that holds true or not, there's a sense of not necessarily fear anymore among various groups but a sense of anticipation and that big, big unknown where this is going to end up and what tone these nations will take once it settles out. >> michelle, as we pointed out, you're in tel aviv, as peach
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watch what's taking place, especially egypt, what are people saying about the future relations between israel and the west? >> reporter: that's another big unknown. in fact, for days israel didn't want to broach the subject, not sure what to say exactly. but yesterday we heard prime minister benjamin netanyahu voice the concerns, the fears really, of some many here and abro abro abroad, egypt could turn into another iran, an environment that hard-liners could take over and shift this region. it's not to say that's going to happen. that's sort of worst-case scenario. but it's an interesting shift. i mean, some are saying -- we sat down with a top lead of hamas today, for example, and he's saying if egypt does shift to allow more of a voice for the muslim brotherhood, that could actually add somewhat of a stability or at least a kind of smoothing out of relations
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between gaza and israel. believe it or not because of the possibility that gaza will feel palestinians will feel there's more of a sympathy for their situation not only in egypt which they haven't been feeling for the past decades but throughout the region, that that might at least have some groups feeling like there's a unity and sympathy but that's not to say that israel is going to then feel any better about the position it will be in. >> michelle, thanks very much. again, pointing out to everybody, we're awaiting for president hosni mubarak to make a speech to the people of egypt. we're going it carry it live here on msnbc. we're back with more. 's the oi gets teeth two shades whiter and makes tooth enamel two times stronger. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. building whiter, stronger teeth. get dual-action listerine® whitening rinse. but you can still refinance to a fixed rate as low as 4.5% at, where customers save
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nasdaq up a scorching 54 points. standard & poor's becoming the second major credit agency this week to download egypt, following days of protests. the agency downgraded egypt's debt, meaning they think the country is less likely to pay back its debts, extreme weather conditions have pushed grain prices higher. blizzards in america's midwest putting pressure on corn stockser drought in russia, dry weather in argentina pushed international prices higher. corn, wheat, soybeans have hit their highest level in more than two years. that's it from cnbc. we are first in business worldwide. back to you. just to pass along, awaiting that speech from egyptian president hosni mubarak. reports that he's going to be announcing that he will not run for re-election in the fall. meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters remain crowded in cairo's tahrir square where they say they will stay until president mubarak steps down.
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we're standing by to bring you that live when it happens. expected any moment. with states running out of money and the federal government prohibiting them from lower medicaid eligibility, some governors are proposing deep cuts, which could have a crushing impact on the poor. today, new york governor cuomo said the growth rate for the cost of medicaid is unsustainable. >> how anyone expected to be able to pay for 13% increase in medicaid is beyond me, but that's what we said we were going to do, and that's what brings us here today. nothing, my friends, is increasing by this amount. not home values, not salaries, not inflation, not income, not anything. >> ron brownstein, editorial director of the national journal group and joins me live from washington. the obvious first question seems to be, is there any alternative to these steep cuts in medicaid for governors? what choice do they have? >> look, the paradox of medicaid
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is that the demand goes up when the resources go down. when you have a recession, more people eligible for the program. we saw eligibility soar by 8% last year, as people were unemployed or lost employer-provided coverage. at the same time, states are squeezed in revenue, plus the third factor of growing medical costs which for decades have grown faster than inflation. there is a tremendous squeeze on the states and the likelihood we're going to see cuts in programs in a variety of states. c andrew cuomo governs the bluest of blue states. >> so when we talk about the health care reform, though, calling for the huge expansion of medicaid eligibility, could yap up to 16 million people, roughly, to the rolls. are states cutting in anticipation of costs that they have to face down the road? it's coming. >> well, interestingly, first of all, in the initial cost of expansion is paid for entirely by, if not entirely, by the
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federal government, when that goes into effect and ultimately transitions into more of a state role. even then a reduced state role. the stimulus bill in '09 provided states extra money to keep people on the medicaid rolls and that money's running out this year as well. the underlying problem, and it's at the root of this, psych of risiing costs and declining access. every year that bush was president the share of americans receiving care through their employer, receiving insurance through their employer, declined and that has pushed people both into the uninsured ranks but also into the ranks of these government programs and that is really the fundamental crisis that health care reform is designed to in part reverse. >> ron, let's go over some of the specifics like california, the governor, jerry brown, considering limiting number of doctor visits and prescriptions for those on medicaid. arizona, governor brewer wants the obama administration to
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waive a provision in the law that would remove 280,000 adults from the arizona rolls. are these harsh cuts what the future looks like, especially for the poor? >> well, you know, look i think in this -- medicaid is a growing share of state budgets and grows precisely at moments when the states have the biggest constraints on resources. in a lot of places you're going it see cuts. the basic model to reduce access to services or reduce the compensation for provideders which makes -- take medicaid patients to begin with, the al tern tev is to begin to look at the same things that the health care reform bill envisions for medicaid, rethinking the way care is delivered to reward value instead of volume, accountable care organizations. more governors talking in those terms. the current game is a losing game for everybody. if you're cutting providers and services you weren't make enough of a dent even at the same time you're imposing pain. >> other areas states should be
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looking to cut as opposed to medicaid? >> yeah. no, well, i mean that's a separate issue. the biggest things that the state budgets tend to be education, corrections, and health care. so i mean they have a limited option. in some ways a productive conversation, as i say, think of systemic reform in medicaid as opposed to putting the knife on you can only go to the doctor x times a year or we're going to cut reimbursement levels for providers who take patients. health care bill has experiments and reforms trying to produce efficient care, aimed at medicare primarily and you're seeing governors like cuomo talking about trying to re-engineer the program rather than slice it at the state level. >> ron brownstein, thanks for coming on today. so, a big question, what is safe and healthy to eat? we told you about the new set of guidelines. the move to get people to eat
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more fresh fruits and veggies, fish, whole grains the latest in the attempts to reduce the epidemic in the country. how can the average family evolve into this better way of eating especially considering how much more expensive fresh foods can be compared to processed, less nutritious food. mart bittman, author of several books on food and nutrition, including how to cook everything, 2,000 simple recipes for great food. good to have you with us today. do you think the new guidelines released yesterday, talking about this, are going to have that type of significant impact on the way people shop and especially the way they then eat? >> i think they'll have some impact and it's nice to have the usda saying what it should have been saying for the past 20 or tlo 30 ye 20 or 30 years because none of this is news. usda has two roles, one to support the growth of agriculture and its industries and the other is to educate consumers. so on the one hand, subsidizing
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production of processed foods but you might call junk food, and on the other hand they're trying to tell people not to eat it, and that's a dual mission not working very well. >> mark, let's talk about how some certain states, cities, opening up farmer markets in lower income areas, called urban deserts, getting fresh food, to allow fresh food to get to people who traditionally have less access to it. what else are we seeing in terms of good ideas that the government can do to help? what still needs to be done? >> one thing that got announced yesterday, which is terrific, a subsidy of use of formers markets in massachusetts as a pilot program. you will get a dollar's worth of familiar farmer's market food for 70 cents if you shop with food stamps. that's the kind of thing we need to see. in my opinion what we need to see is carrots like that, things that subsidize the purchase and
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use of healthy, unprocessed foods abofoo foods abofood but also we need sticks, legislation that says, for example, we need a soda tax, for example, we need to cut the subsidies to commodity foods that form the basis of junk food. again, the usda has this dual role and it's not working well. they have to come down on the side of consumers, not on agribusiness. >> each one of us can take a more active role, simple choices to take every day to eat better. for decades the city of newark, new jersey, poster child for urban blight and for the hope that comes with new investment and fresh political faces. in its second seize on the sundance channel, brick city, a look at what's going wrong and right in one of america's toughest towns. take a look. >> this is newark, a city of light. we not only embody the spirit of
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america but the very hope of a country. >> killing their brothers over drugs and money. >> mark leaven, executive producer of brick city and joins me now. explain to us what was it about newark that made you want to create "brick city"? what drew you there? >> one, i happened to grow up in jersey, and the second was when mayor cory booker took over, he promised he was going to make newark the model for urban transformation in america. that was a bold promise, and we, my partners, mark benjamin and forest whitaker want to see what does that mean? how do you change? especially the report you gave a few minutes ago in an era of austerity, cutbacks, lay-off, budget crisis, how do you move forward? how do you lead? how do you government snern that was the idea. >> what is one thing that will surprise viewer whose may not be
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familiar with the city of newark, some of the struggles that it's gone through? >> i would say two things. one, that civil servants, we often devalue them, make them faceless bureaucrats. you're going to see people on the front line who have sacrificed a tremendous amount trying to make a difference. we often overlook that. and on the other side, on the community side, on the streets and the schools, mentoring programs, again, community activists are also often devalued and made fun of and i think you watch the series, you're going to have a lot more respect for people in the grassroots level trying to make a difference in their community. >> mark, earlier you brought up the newark mayor, cory booker, people might be familiar with him on a national stage. booker has a tough time watching the series, claims it spends too much time on the negative, not on the arts or the joy and diversity in newark. what's your reaction? what's your response to somebody who would say it's focusing on
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the negative? >> well, i don't think it's just focusing on the negative, but obviously it's the challenges of a crisis and the mayer's the first to admit this is most difficult year probably of his political career, like many mayors across the country. honestly i'd say two things. within i don't think there's any other politician in the whounit states who would have taken this risk like "brick city." i don't blame him being uncomfortable to watch it. hard to watch the toughest year of your life when faced with these crease sises in the midst of an election campaign. understand he would have rather seen a travelogue or something that highlighted all of the best and brightest in newark. but that's not what we set out to do. we wanted it show a microcosm on the local level of people struggling to move a city forward. >> talk about that microcosm of trying to move the city forward, do you think after spending so
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much time in newark it can turn around, be prosperous? >> i do. i mean, i think that it was really on the road, you know, when the crash of 2008 hit, like many other communities, it was devastated. but one of the advantages newark has is because it's so close to us right here in manhattan, because you do have the port of newark and elizabeth, you've got newark airport, the turnpike. it's such a nexus point. look at the development in the last 15 years on the hudson with hoboken, harrison. so i think that there's a lot of potential in newark. it's just going to take a little longer now that we're in this economic malaise. >> you've got deep ties to new jersey. what about taking cameras to other cities? is that in the future for you? >> absolutely. one of the things that booker laid out which has fascinated me, cities globally may be the
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engines of change notice 21st century. we're very interested in exploring how other cities are trying to manage and the lessons learned when you're right there on the front line seeing people cope with the challenges of the 21st century. >> mark levin, watch on the sundance chanle. appreciate your time. president hosni mubarak is set to make what is being called an important speech. we're going to bring that when it happens here on msnbc. another heart attack could be lurking, waiting to strike. a heart attack that's caused by a clot, one that could be fatal. but plavix helps save lives. plavix, taken with other heart medicines, goes beyond what other heart medicines do alone, to provide greater protection against heart attack or stroke and even death by helping to keep blood platelets from sticking together and forming dangerous clots. ask your doctor if plavix is right for you. protection that helps save lives. certain genetic factors
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october. chris matthews the host of "hardball" and joins me in studio. when we hear about the fact that mubarak is going to speaking maybe make this concession, some say while they like it, albeit it's just a little too late. >> well, it's february, if he were to say he would hold office until september, until a new government elected, i don't think that's going to work with the people in the streets right now. they are revved up, over 100,000 people in the streets of cairo, five cities seeing demonstrations in today, all elements of society, apparently supporting a demand for change. for him to say i'll give you a schedule, which will have me out of office at the end of the year is behind the eight-ball. >> how pair amount is it for the obama administration to watch this so closely, especially seeing what's going on in jordan, what we saw happen in tunisia and the ripple effect it's having across the region? >> it's very hard to control a revolution. i think that we've seen in history all different speeds. what often happens is when you give in to a revolution, demands
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are increased. we've seen that with the french revolution, the russian revolution, escalating from democratic revolution to a communist one led by linin and it does get into the hands of the extreme elements. the longer the street action continues in cairo, take the current situation, it's fair to say that the longer this simmers, the hotter it gets. and as we've heard the language in the streets of cairo is it's a boiling pot. if that lid stays on it, it's going to blow hard. so as long as hosni mubarak is president and refusing to leave, that lid is going to stay on, the steam's going to grow, it's going to get hotter and it's going to blow big. that's their argument. that's what we're hoping for, the people in the streets. hosni mubarak obviously an older man, early 80s, not as quick as he was 30 years ago when he saves our bacon by coming in there after sadat was assassinated and holding that part of the world together maintaining peace that had been
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struck with israel at camp david, doing all of the right things from our perspective. hosni mubarak by any standard in the world has been a strong ally of the united states and respected and liked by our leaders. a close friend, for example, of george bush 41, they used to go to baseball games at memorial stadium when the orioles were playing. i remember those baseball games. friendly, friendly, friendly, close personal relationship with our country. friendship. right up there close to like our friendship with israel. in fact, on personal terms it may have been a lot warmer individually than any other leader i can think of in the region with possibly the exception of king abdullah. mubarak has been our friends and how we handle our friend is very important. you don't dump your friend out of office. you tell them what's in their country's interest, your tell them what's in their interest, you try to put it together for them and you try to be at least a dutch uncle.
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at least respectful. and sensitive to what you're telling them. i think wisner going over there and speaking to the president of egypt in cairo is the way to do it. the united states wants him to leave quickly. he wants to prolong it. we'll see some negotiation over the next couple of days. >> we'll see what type of wording is used when president mubarak speaks. stay with us right here on msnbc. we're back with much more right after this. no other medicine, not even advil pm, is more effective for pain and sleeplessness. motrin pm. aren't getting enough whole grain. but actually, it's never been easier to get the whole grain you want from your favorite big g cereals. from cheerios to lucky charms, there's whole grain in every box. make sure to look for the white check. there's whole grain in every box. somewhere in america, there's a doctor who can peer into the future. there's a nurse who can access in an instant
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welcome back, everybody. we continue to follow our breaking news waiting for the speech from egyptian president hosni mubarak. we'll bring you that speech live when it happens. now to the snow emergency. the u.s. deals with this massive snowstorm that is stretching some 2,000 miles. ice and wind whipped snow have shut down highways and airports from texas to rhode island. let's go meteorologist samantha mohr to fill us in. >> we're seeing just about
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everything right now. everything from wind chills down to aunder 30 below zero. we have 30 states with winter advisory and nine much those are blizzard warnings from oklahoma to michigan and we even have severe weather, tornado watches in place for parts of louisiana and mississippi. you name i want we got it. it's across a very long distance too, piece of real estate that stretches from oklahoma to new england. 2100 miles being affected with a foot or more snow. 8 to 12 inches ending up in kansas city. two feet in chicago. the bulk of the snow in chicago and in gary coming down as we head into tonight, as that lake-effect gets cranked up and then this moves into the northeast where we could see significant. >> he's well, 8 to 12 inches in burlington and 18 inches plus in maine. get ready, it's coming. this time new york is luckier. you're getting freezing rain and light snow.
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boston is getting buried. 8 to 12 inches. back to you. that's going to do it for us today. i'm thomas roberts. appreciate your time. tomorrow we'll have a look at the list of 100 history makers in the making. stay tuned, president mubarak is supposed to be making his statement about the future of egypt and his presidential rein there. "the dylan ratigan show" is coming up next. [ male announcer ] this is steven, a busy man. his day starts with his arthritis pain. that's breakfast with two pills. the morning is over, it's time for two more pills. the day marches on, back to more pills. and when he's finally home... but hang on; just two aleve can keep arthritis pain away all day with fewer pills than tylenol. this is steven, who chose aleve and 2 pills for a day free of pain. and get the all day pain relief of aleve in liquid gels.
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we join a statement from hosni mubarak being released as he speaks on tape and in egypt. >> translator: to you in a very difficult time this egyptian people and might take them to unknown. now the homeland are suffering great events and severe events has started with citizens and honorable youth who practice a peaceful protest in expressing their demands and ambitions. as they were taking advantage by the people to create chaos and violent clashes and to jump on the constitutional rights and to attack the constitutional rights. the protests transferred from a
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good civilized protest to suppress the opinions to violent and clashes, motivated by political parties, political parties who was seeking to put the oil on fire, targeted homeland and the security. moving the country and firing and putting road blocks and attacking the country's infrastructure and private and the public properties and invading diplomat embassies in egypt. today we live in a very harsh time and what hurt the most is the fear that has reached to the majority of the


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